What would happen if an Apple Employee is caught by coworkers using Android and Windows devices?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by borgranta, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. borgranta macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2018
    What would happen if an Apple Employee is caught by coworkers using Android and Windows devices due to being unable to afford Apple products?
    Would they assume that the employee was experiencing financial difficulties and take up a collection to get the Apple devices for the employee? Would the employee be fired for being seen using non-Apple products? Would the company simply provide Apple products at no cost to such an employee to prevent the employee from being forced to used substandard versions of Windows and Android devices?
  2. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
  3. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    Apple employees are not obligated to use Apple products as their main devices, they are only obligated to know and explain how Apple devices work to costumers.
  4. EugW macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2017
    I doubt they are required to only use Apple products on their personal time.

    BTW, then Google VP Marissa Mayer was a sometimes iPhone user, and of course Microsoft has a Mac unit where all the developers have Macs.

    And Steve Jobs sometimes used an IBM Thinkpad at Apple in the 1990s.
  5. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    running opesntep, surely?
  6. EugW macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2017
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    So much to unpack in the OP post

    Workers might choose a non-Apple device for reasons other than "unable to afford Apple products"
    And Windows and Android versions are hardly "substandard"

    Finally, nobody would get "caught" using a non-Apple device, because nobody cares what device people are using

    TBH, I have to believe this isn't a real inquiry and is meant to be sarcastic and funny (although it fails miserably)
  8. StellarVixen macrumors 65816


    Mar 1, 2018
  9. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Rolling my eyes.

    The same thing that happens to those that chose to wear a non-apple watch.

    One of my favorite specialists at the store I frequent is a windows and android user.

    Very knowledgeable about apple products as well.

    Apple employees are there to provide information about apple products, help determine what’s best for the customer and help them set up the or new device.

    The odd thing is when a cell carrier rep goes to an apple store their companies require them to only brandish an iPhone.
  10. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    They will be publicly shamed, flogged, forced to use the original iMac hockey puck mouse for a month, after which they'll be forced to listen to Cook give a 4 hour long keynote on how awesome Apple is and what all their numbers are (iOS usage percentage, number of iMessage messages has been sent, number of apps sold on the app store, etc., etc.). Rumors has it that some employees have died during this performance.

    Rumor also has it that the Steve Jobs Theater is build in a foundation of such dead Apple employees, instead of concrete. Leakers go here too, after Cook moved to "double down" on them and identified a lot of them. Also, employees without courage (As selected by Schiller), is also rumored to have found their way here.

    Creepy, yes. True, perhaps.
  11. EugW macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2017
    No, they couldn't be that cruel!
  12. Krayzkat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2011
    They would get beheaded immediately.....

    Ps. I tried to cut out all but the first paragraph of this quoted post but it is being really awkward on this Xs, it just doesn’t want to work properly
  13. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2009
    I work about a block away from Nike headquarters and know lots of people working at Nike. From what I've been told, you're not required to wear Nike clothing at work. A suit and tie is completely fine. But they ARE expressly forbidden from wearing anything by the competition. That Adidas t-shirt or those Reebok shoes are forbidden at work. Not sure if you get in trouble, sent home, etc., but I do know it's forbidden. Whatever that means.

    I'm not sure what the rules are at Apple for using the competition's equipment. I realize a pair of shoes is different than a cell phone. I just know it might be more complicated than people assume.
  14. Calebtt macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Ban for life from using Apple products oh yeah and fired.
  15. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    Don't tease the monkey... would be my response :D

    Perhaps, don't bring "that phone in question" to work. or if you use "that particular" phone, leave it at home.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    This happened at MS

    I don't think there's any prohibition against people using other technology at apple. I see people working at Honda dealership driving a non-honda car ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I think its silly to prohibit them from using their own money on a certain product. Obviously an Apple employee can get an iPhone, Mac for an incredible discount so it may not make sense to buy a Samsung or MS Surface.
  17. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
  18. an-other macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    Consultant Steve Ballmer would grab the offending advice and throw it....
  19. alpi123 macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2014
  20. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
  21. AppleHaterLover macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2018
    Well, considering you would get a free Mac and a free iPad and a free iPod and a free iPhone and a free Apple Watch, I think that showing up with a Razer at work would sound like deliberate confrontation. I would avoid that even if it's not written in the rules.

    This falls squarely into "it's not forbidden but frowned upon" territory.

    But then again I'd like to know how many Apple employees use Spotify because nobody uses that ****** ****ing disastrous steaming pile of **** that is Apple Music
  22. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
  23. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Omigosh, it would almost be like an auto worker taking public transit to work. And yes, there are public transit lines that service auto plants in the Detroit area. I've seen more than one auto plant parking lot... you'll find Chevy pickups and Dodge Rams parked at a Ford F-150 plant (and vice versa).

    I worked for a time for the NY Times Corp. There were always some guys in the cafeteria who read the NY Daily News or NY Post during their meal breaks, without shame or negative consequences.

    Do you really think Apple's workers are so brand loyal that they would put social pressure on fellow employees to use the company's products??? Seriously? Seems to be another case of assuming, "people who believe differently than I must be mindless idiots." We know how much good that does in political discourse.

    I seriously doubt there are many Apple employees who go around thinking that Samsung employees are wrong-headed, and I seriously doubt there are many Microsoft employees who believe Apple employees are non-thinking drones (or vice versa). That kind of thinking is far more widespread in Internet forums, where "fanboy" is used with the same venom as "commie" or "capitalist lackey."

    When it comes to computing techs, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn't used/owns hardware and software produced by their current employer's competition. It's part of what makes them valuable as employees - their broad experience. What's important is the quality of work delivered by the employee, not whether they've been brand-loyal since puberty.

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